an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators

Our new books are available again for pre-order!

Greetings, all!

We have a press date now for the new books (April 15, 2020) and that means that the new books are available again for pre-order!  Thank you to those who got on our list early – we deeply appreciate your support of the work.

CGB Volumes 1 & 2 will be for sale again in paper copies when we finish updating our new Fundamentals sections, but for now, we offer instant digital downloads in the shop:

Rick Rack from PodCast Joy Davison web

I expect I’ll be answering lots of questions (and feel free to leave yours in the comments) but check the info below before writing. If you want us to look to see if you did pre-order (or you would like to update your shipping address) please email me at, and we will answer all inquiries in bulk at the end of January. Please include the email address you would have used to order.

(All of the pre-order bundles are spoken for, but thank you for asking. We will probably have extra Colouring Books, posters and bead kits available for separate sale when the books are ready to ship. New posters and postcards coming soon as well!)

CGB VOLUME III, APRIL 15 2020:  We took 500 early pre-orders for this beautiful coffee-table style book, loaded with photographs and colour studies. This is not a pattern book! It is a photographic celebration of ten years of discovery. It will ship on April 15, 2020, and our early pre-orders will have a special little bead kit delivered with their books.

THE CGB PATTERN BOOK, APRIL 15 2020:  We took 500 early pre-orders for this book as well, and those early orders will ship on April 15, 2020 with beautiful bundles of extras, including a Colouring Book with origami folding patterns of our forms, and extra blank graphs for pattern-making.

THE CGB TEXTBOOK, SEPT 1 2020:  We decided to get extra-nerdy and make an academic textbook for use at the university level. We will be selling this book as a stand-alone to help fund the education team, but also donating half of our press run to schools, bead shops and libraries.

CGB is open-source and non-profit, and all funds earned from the sales of our books are used to pay stipends to creators, illustrators, animators, to send our education team to teach, and give travel and materials grants to students and beaders who attend our team workshops.

THANK YOU, and more soon.

photo, an innovative cast off of a PodCast Bead by Joy Davison (JayDee)

About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. Find her at or on some city street, walking fast, smiling at strangers.

30 comments on “Our new books are available again for pre-order!

  1. Mary Waterson
    March 6, 2020

    This is exciting news! I preordered, but we’re since had a change in our mailing address. What should I do? Thanks!

    • katemckinnon
      March 7, 2020

      Hi Mary! Email me at kate@katemckinnon with your new address. Best!

  2. Bertha Will Hawley
    February 9, 2020

    Hi Kate,
    I missed the pre-order, but I did purchase digital versions of Vols.1 & 2. Will the new Pattern Book be available for digital purchase by its self or just in combo with the printed book?
    Thanks for your hard work in this project.

    • katemckinnon
      February 10, 2020

      Hi Bertha- Yes! We will have digital copies available of all of our new books.

  3. lizurablog
    February 5, 2020

    Hi Kate :
    I`m glad to hear such great news , I paid for a pre-order book , a few years ago , I don’t know if I’m entitled to this books release , could you please let me know , what could I expect … Thank you in advance for your kind reply

    • katemckinnon
      February 6, 2020

      Yes! This is your book we are almost finished with – we ended up having so much that we have three books coming – a photo book (CGB Vol 3) a pattern book, and an academic textbook. It was important to us that they all match. You will not only get the paper book(s) you ordered, but you will also receive digital copies of the others, and a nice little package from the team in thanks for your support.

      We have had such an incredible time making these discoveries, and we are so eager to share them. Thanks for being in touch!

  4. leanne stremcha
    January 13, 2020

    Hi Kate, I’m one of those people who think they pre-ordered the book, CGB Volume III, but am not sure. Please let me know so I can pre-order now if necessary. Also, recently moved so will need to get a new address to you. Thanks. So Excited!

    • katemckinnon
      January 22, 2020

      Of course, Leanne, but we are working addresses and orders by email (this is a comment on the blog). I will email you- Kate

  5. Savita Persic
    December 20, 2019

    Please let me know if I am on the first 500 preorder list if I need to order anything else as I don’t want to miss anything thanks in advance Savita

    • katemckinnon
      December 26, 2019

      Hi Savita! We’ll be checking our database in January, and will be back to you. No need to pre-order anything, though, of course! You can always just pick the books up when they come out.

  6. Janice Rubin
    December 16, 2019

    I believe I already preordered the next books. It’s been so long, I have forgotten what I did. How can I check?

    • katemckinnon
      December 17, 2019

      Hi Janice! We are reconciling our shipping database in January, and we will put you on the list to check on and get back to. There will be plenty of books printed, so if you missed out on ordering anything you want, we will get that added to your order before we ship.

      Nice to hear from you,

  7. Kathy Sherman
    December 14, 2019

    Yay! This is very exciting! I look forward to getting book number 3 and the pattern book as I preordered both. Have been following along and know you’ve worked long and hard- congratulations!

  8. Anny Wray
    December 14, 2019

    Hi Kate,

    How exciting the book is finally coming out – after all the work everyone has put in, you must be thrilled

    I have a quick question – I paid for pre-order a few years ago, could you please let me know what my ore-order payment entitles me to and do I need to pay for anything else? I just don’t want to miss out on anything 😂

    Thanks again for all the wonderful tutorials and podcasts – can’t wait for the books so I can take them away for our 6 month van trip next year 😎

    Kind regards,

    • katemckinnon
      December 15, 2019

      Hi Anny! You have a beautiful bundle of extras coming with your book(s), and will receive complimentary copies of the digital versions before the paper books mail out. And we will want to confirm your address before we ship, so you will hear from us in March with a check-in on your details. Thank you for your support of our project!

  9. Catherine Glover
    December 14, 2019

    Hi Kate Will you be trying to find a European distributor for these books? I would love to pre-order, but the postage is expensive. Best wishes Catherine >

    • forestperson
      December 16, 2019

      Just clicking the notification button.

      • katemckinnon
        December 16, 2019

        Hi there! We will be placing books with European bead stores, distributorships, and Amazon Europe, and they will be the same price everywhere but some option will make more sense for you re pickup or shipping. When we publish, we will have a big list of places to buy the books. No need to pay us to ship it.

  10. Nelly Nordio
    December 14, 2019

    Hi Kate, I’m so excited, when do the digital books go out ? Thanks, Nelly

    • katemckinnon
      December 15, 2019

      The digital copies of the new books will be available when we sign off on their press proofs, so probably a few weeks to a month before the ship date.

  11. Carol Yntema
    December 14, 2019

    Hi Kate, Wow exciting to have dates for the books! I have moved (a couple of times) since the original pre-order. Where can I update my mailing address? cheers Carol

  12. Claudia White
    December 14, 2019

    Can’t wait!
    You have inspired me and SO many other!

  13. Sherry
    December 14, 2019

    I wish I had been offered a preorder option. I would have loved to do this.

    • katemckinnon
      December 15, 2019

      Hi Sherry! I only took enough early pre-orders to get the project rolling – and those people have had to wait a long long time for the finish! I don’t like to ask for more than I need in the early stages of a Thing. It’s kind of you to say you would have liked to help though! Thank you,

  14. Ann Rascenet-Cole
    December 14, 2019

    Kate and team, thank you for this update. I signed up at the beginning and have loved the journey. I can’t begin to comprehend the amount of work you guys have dedi6to this project. Loved each and every YouTube tutorial and Facebook posts. Looking forward to when the books ship. Very happy with everything CGB.

  15. Nancy Graver
    December 14, 2019

    I think I pre-ordered something but don’t what???

    Nancy Graver

    Sent from my iPad

    • katemckinnon
      December 17, 2019

      We will catch up with you before we ship to see if you want to add anything to your order – no need to worry about it now. We’ll be reconciling our shipping database in January, and in March we will be sending postcards, checking addresses, and asking people to review their order. We will have new kits, posters, and two books ready in April, so many people will probably want to add a little something.

      Nice to hear from you as always, Nancy!

  16. Sandy
    December 14, 2019

    So excited! One question are we to make payment now to preorder or make it when ready to ship?

  17. Trisha Gray
    December 14, 2019


    Appreciate the notice on your April print date for the pattern book. Very much looking forward to it. Happy that I could be in the first 500 and excited to see where the whole project goes on the future. We will all keep up with the advances!!!

    Loved meeting you, “way back when” at NYC bead group at FIT.

    Trisha Gray

    Sent from my iPhone


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